Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, November 21, 2001


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Los Angeles Superior Court Prepares for Executive Committee Elections


By ROBERT GREENE, Staff Writer


Nominations are due by noon today for candidates for the Los Angeles Superior Courtís 2002 Executive Committee, the courtís policymaking body.

Court officials will draw up ballots with nominees for 18 slots on the panel and send them to each of the courtís judges Nov. 28. Voting takes place over a week among the courtís 429 judges, with ballots due back for counting Dec. 5.

Ballots are also to be counted for two commissioner representatives on Dec. 5. One commissioner is to be elected at large by those who served as Superior Court commissioners immediately prior to court unification last year, and one by those who were municipal court commissioners just prior to unification.

The Superior Court has a total of 142 commissioners.

The Executive Committee consists of 28 members. Presiding Judge James Bascue and Assistant Presiding Judge Robert Dukes serve as chair and vice chair, respectively, and Civil Supervising Judge R. Gary Klausner, Criminal Supervising Judge Dan Oki, Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Terry Friedman and the chair of the courtís budget committee serve as ex officio members.

The elected members are the two commissioner representatives, and 18 judgesóseven elected from the courtís Central District and one from each of the 11 outlying geographic districts.

Friedman was reassigned effective Jan. 2 to the West District in Santa Monica and will be replaced as presiding judge of the Juvenile Court, and on the Executive Committee, by Michael Nash. Succeeding Nash as Dependency Court supervising judge will be Emily A. Stevens.

The new committee takes office Jan. 2. Bascue on that same day will begin the second year of his two-year term as presiding judge of the unified Superior Court, the largest trial court in the nation.

Appointments are expected from Bascue in the coming weeks to the courtís several committees, along with assignments to the nearly 50 courthouses around the county.

Bascue already has assigned supervising judges, assistant supervising judges and ďsite judges,Ē or judges who are responsible for courthouses where supervising judges do not sit.


Supervising, Assistant Supervising Judge Assignments, 2002


Department or District

Supervising Judge

Assistant Supv. Judge

Juvenile Court

Michael Nash (Presiding Judge)


†††† Dependency


Emily A. Stevens

Central Civil

R. Gary Klausner

S. James Otero

†††† Mental Health


Fred J. Fujioka

†††† Probate


Thomas W. Stoever

†††† Writs & Receivers


David Yaffe

†††† Complex Litigation


Carolyn Kuhl

†††† Family Law


Aviva Bobb


Dan T. Oki


†††† Felony


David Wesley

†††† Misdemeanor


Carol Rehm Jr.

East District

Robert M. Martinez

George Genesta

North District

Steven D. Ogden

Frank Y. Jackson

North Central District
Northeast District

Mary Thornton House

Teri Schwartz

North Valley District

William A. MacLaughlin

Alice C. Hill

Northwest District

Paul Gutman

Darlene E. Schempp

South District

Gary J. Ferrari

Bradford L. Andrews

South Central District

John Cheroske

Jack W. Morgan

Southeast District

Chris Conway

Peter Espinoza

Southwest District

Andrew Kauffman

Eric Taylor

West District

Alan Haber

John H. Reid




Site Judge Assignments, 2002†††




Site Judge


Candace J. Beason


James Brandlin

Beverly Hills

Lisa Hart Cole

Central Civil West

Carolyn Kuhl


Thomas Falls

Culver City

Allan J. Goodman


David W. Perkins

East Los Angeles

Richard E. Rico


Melvin D. Sandvig


Eric Taylor

Los Cerritos

Leland H. Tipton


Lawrence J. Mira


Sam Ohta


Cynthia Ulfig


Frank Y. Jackson

Pomona North

Thomas A. Peterson

Rio Hondo

Abraham Khan

San Pedro

Thomas R. Simpson

Santa Anita

Patrick Hegarty

South Gate, Huntington Park

Daniel Ramirez

West Los Angeles

Rosemary Shumsky


Yvonne T. Sanchez



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